Originally Posted by mikebflorida
Here is Nick's legacy as far as I'm concerned-
Rangers-Flyers preseason brawl 1978 - YouTube
He basically hides behind the linesman and/or referee until he's left alone in the penalty box and finally comes out to fight some nobody when he has his choice of Holmgren, Dupont, Kelly, or about 6 other tougher guys. Bridgeman is beating the tar out of Frank Seldom Beaton and Nick, who supposedly is the "deterrent" just stands there.
Yet another in a long line of videos I've seen where Nick doesn't do anything and finally fights some chump.
I'm with I Like Boobs on this subject, I want to like Nick Fotiu
, his is a great story of making the NHL when he had no business doing so but he's so wildly propped up by his fans despite not really having anything to really cheer about. This ruins it for me. The hype almost always ruins it for me. Like my dad just left a Sports Illustrated on my chair with Notre Dame's stupid gold helmet on it and I just chucked it in the trash can, he did it just to piss me off because he knows I hate Notre Dame but I secretly don't hate them, I hate their focking fans and the focking media for propping them up year after year despite not doing anything for 20 years and I have to sit and swallow what the media and their fans tell me about how great they are.
Nick is the same way. I don't hate the guy but know full well that he is easily the most overrated tough guy to ever come down the pike because of his fans/worshippers when in reality, he didn't fight very much, wasn't a very good player, and lost fights he shouldn't.
I have this whole film on tape (1 of first tapes i ever bought as a kid) and from what i saw there was Flyers who didnt seem interested in going with Fotiu, if i remember Glen Cohcrane was up in the lineup and a couple of others and had many chances to go with Nick and didnt seem interested
Cunningham was actually a tough minor leaguer at that time and i applaud him for taking on Nick 3 times in 1 game
Now Would i have LOVED to see Nick mix it up with another Flyer? HELL YEA but its a 2 way street and i think its somewhat unfair to simply 'blame Nick' and not have some of the Flyer players look in the mirror as well, they had PLENTY of chances to get at Nick after he 'beat up' that nobody a couple times and yet they didnt (until someone finally jumped in, 3rd man very late) i blame the Flyers a lil as well
Just keeping it a 2 way street